Enhancing learning and teaching about mental health across the disciplines
It is commonly noted that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health issue at some time in their lives. What is less often discussed is why in a wealthy and technologically advanced part of the world, so many of us continue to struggle with poor mental health.
For many the presence of digital technologies is exasperating this problem, by altering our sense of self and our social relationships. Meanwhile, others suggest that technological innovation is a…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 11:02 — No Comments
The loss of reason, a sense of alienation from the commonsense world we all like to imagine we inhabit, the shattering emotional turmoil that seizes hold and won’t let go—these are some of the traits we associate with madness. Today, mental disturbance is most commonly viewed through a medical lens, but societies have also sought to make sense of it through religion or the supernatural, or by constructing psychological or social explanations in an effort to tame the demons of…Continue
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As signalled in the NHS Five Year Forward View, a new Taskforce is being established to develop a new five year national strategy for mental health, for people of all ages across England.
It will explore the variation in the availability of mental health services across England, look at the outcomes for people who are using services, and identify key priorities for improvement. It will…Continue
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The costs of mental ill-health for individuals, employers and society at large are enormous. Mental distress is responsible for a very significant loss of potential labour supply, high rates of unemployment, and a high incidence of sickness absence and reduced productivity at work. Following an introductory report (Sick on the Job: Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work) and nine country reports, this final synthesis report summarizes the findings from the participating…Continue
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Asylum magazine is a forum for free debate, open to anyone with an interest in psychiatry or mental health. Asylum especially welcomes contributions from service users or ex-users (or survivors), carers, and frontline psychiatric or mental health workers (anonymously, if you wish). The magazine is not-for-profit and run by a collective of unpaid volunteers. Asylum Collective is open to anyone who wants to help produce and develop the magazine, working in a spirit of equality. Please…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on March 24, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments
I've updated the list of University involvement groups. Do you know of others? Please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 19:04 — No Comments
This document has been written as a companion piece to the National Involvement Partnership (NIP) 4PI Standards for Involvement. It aims to: 1) introduce readers to the language of mental wellbeing by providing an overview of terms that have been, and continue to be used in this area. 2) provide a resource, alongside the Service User Involvement in Policy and Carer Involvement documents, that enables readers to use it for reference purposes. 3) report on the findings of a recent survey of…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 18:16 — No Comments
This resource, which may well be of use in teaching, can be found here
'The Recovery Letters started as an idea when I was staying at Maytree Respite Centre in November 2011.
My depression was very acute and I lost many things in my life, my job, concentration, some friends, the ability to read, nearly my life and all hope. I had suicide attempts and intrusive suicidal thoughts…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 18:06 — No Comments
Mental Health 4 Life is a national learning resource to promote mental health and well being, prevent poor mental health and improve early intervention. The initiative is supported by the National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England, Dr. Geraldine Strathdee, and key system partners. The organisers are looking for evidence-based learning and training resources for use by the people working in public services (non-mental health specialists) in order to promote mental health and…Continue
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'During the course of the week of 22nd to 26th June 2015 Nick Putman and Mia Kurtti will be travelling across the UK to lead one day seminars to introduce the Open Dialogue approach. Please use the form on the link below to express your interest in hosting one of the seminars in your area and/or helping to run the seminar. They are looking for venues with a capacity of around 200 people which either have built in seating (at ground level rather than tiered) or where seating can be arranged.…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on March 18, 2015 at 17:37 — No Comments
The giving and receiving of informal acts of help, or kindliness, is taken for granted in many communities. However this is an area which is little researched or understood.
This paper finds that:
As well as the social and physical environment, we also need to understand conflicting emotions and messages about help and support, and the complex ways in which people negotiate these.
Individualism, self-reliance and ideals of independence can impact on…
Added by Jill Anderson on March 17, 2015 at 16:55 — No Comments
This fixed term post (1 year) provides an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to contribute to UCLan's long established SUCAG (Service User and Carer Advisory Group) initiative which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. SUCAG provides a central hub for co-ordination and facilitation of service user and carer involvement across social care programmes at UCLan. SUCAG is service user and carer led and seeks to embed authentic service user and carer voices within social care…Continue
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The Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education (DUCIE) network now has a twitter feed: @ducienetwork
For more details about the network, see HERE.
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Mental Distress and Space: Community and Clinical Applications
Laura McGrath & Paula Reavey (eds)
The change from an institutional to community care model of…Continue
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A snapshot of the lives, and wellbeing of people who experience mental health difficulties in England
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The Patient Voices digital stories use video, audio, still images and music to convey patients', carers', practitioners' and managers' own stories in a unique way. They are intended to touch the hearts of managers, clinicians and others striving to improve the quality of health and social care, and our workshops being are increasingly used to engage with, and evidence outputs from, the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and patient engagement agendas, together with being used to provide…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on March 13, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments
The Shape of Caring Review report, commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) in partnership with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has now been published. In the report Lord Willis, Chair of the review, makes 34 recommendations for the future education and training of nurses and care assistants.
Added by Jill Anderson on March 12, 2015 at 22:25 — No Comments
The knowledge and skills statement sets out for the first time, what a social worker with adults is expected to know and be able to do after their first year in employment. It also places a strong emphasis on the role of employers and the training and support they must provide to deliver quality social workers. The statement will inform a more rigorous approach to how the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) is being applied and assessed.…Continue
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